World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Captain Dane Piedt expressed his delight at yet another Cobras player making their Test debut this season.

George Linde made his Test debut during the disappointing tour of India whilst Pieter Malan made his long-awaited Test debut in the second Test at his home ground Newlands against England. Dane Paterson became the latest representative from the Western Cape franchise, coached by Ashwell Prince, to make his Test debut when he lined up for the Standard Bank Proteas for the third Test against England in Port Elizabeth.

Piedt, speaking after their 4 Day Series match against the Momentum Multiply Titans ended in a disappointing draw for the home side, said, “It’s extremely good that we have 4 out of the 11 Proteas players coming from the Cobras, guys who really deserve their opportunities.”

“Vern has been there for over 60 Test matches and basically looks after himself in terms of selection, but guys like Zubayr, Pieter and Pato have really done the hard yards for us over the years. I’m really happy for Pato, he’s been on a journey, lost his contract at the Dolphins, came back to the Cobras, worked on a semi-pro contract and worked his way back up the ranks at the Cobras. He’s gone on to take over 200 franchise wickets from over 50 matches for the Cobras, I’m just really happy for how he has gone,” he added.

“A lot has been made of Pieter and his rise to opening the batting for the Proteas and he has done hard work to get there. It’s just down to performances at the end of the day and if they can consistently do it they will be around there for a long time, but from a personal point of view, I’m just extremely happy to have Cobras players representing the Country. We are a very proud franchise with a wonderful history of producing Proteas players over the years and long may that continue,” he concluded.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras take on the Warriors in the next 4 Day Series match starting on Monday. Round 8 will be the final round of fixtures before the start of the Momentum One Day Cup. The remaining two rounds of fixtures will take place after the conclusion of the Momentum One Day Cup at the end of March.

A third career century by Tony de Zorzi helped the Momentum Multiply Titans storm back and raise their prospects of salvaging a draw from their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Cape Town on Wednesday.

The left-hander struck a fine 114 not out (225 balls, 16 fours, 1 six) and was supported perfectly by half centuries from Heinrich Klaasen (79 off 113 balls, 11 fours) and Farhaan Behardien (62 not out off 114 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) with the visitors closing day three on 271 for three.

That left them with a lead of 102 runs – a good turnaround considering the first innings difference between the sides was 169.

The Cobras had a career-best effort from George Linde to thank for getting them up to 456 after the all-rounder amassed an unbeaten 148 (185 balls, 16 fours, 3 sixes).

The Cobras had resumed on 404 for six overnight at Newlands, Linde beginning on 121, but he ran out of partners as Ryan Cartwright finished with four for 87.

The Titans lost two early wickets in the form of Victor Mahlangu (10) and Theunis de Bruyn (0). The pair fell to successive Jason Smith (2/27) balls, but it was one-way traffic from there. De Zorzi and Klaasen added 143 for the third wicket, followed by a 110-run stand that was unbroken for the next, giving the Titans an excellent chance of saving the game.

Centuries by Matthew Kleinveldt and George Linde put the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in a strong position after the second day of their 4-Day Domestic Series match against the Momentum Multiply Titans in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Opener Kleinveldt struck 142 (318 balls, 18 fours), his 12th career ton, with all-rounder Linde adding 121 not out (156 balls, 14 fours, 2 sixes), his third career three figure score, to help the hosts reach 404 for six at stumps.

That gave them a lead of 117 at Newlands, where there was also strong support from Jason Smith (59 off 114 balls, 9 fours) on a dominant day of batting. 

The Cobras had begun the morning on 62 for one replying to 287, with Simon Khomari (1) falling early to Marcello Piedt (1/74).

But Kleinveldt and Smith then combined for a third-wicket partnership that yielded 105.

A few quick wickets fell thereafter, two to pick of the bowlers Hardus Viljoen (2/90), before the former shared in a splendid 173-run sixth-wicket stand with Linde.

It was a combination that took the game completely away from the visitors, and although they did manage to dismiss Kleinveldt before the close, Linde was still there with his side in total control.

A maiden career century on debut for his new franchise by fast bowler Hardus Viljoen helped rescue the Momentum Multiply Titans from big trouble to end the opening day of their 4-Day Domestic Series clash against the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in a fighting position in Cape Town on Monday.

The pacemen, more prominent for his quick bowling rather than skills with his bat, blasted 132 off 110 balls (16 fours, 1 six) to help his side recover from 92 for six to 287.

Viljoen was ably supported by captain Grant Thomson (64 off 101 balls, 9 fours) with the hosts then replying by reaching the close on 62 for one at Newlands.

It completed a compelling day for both sides as they search for victory to keep alive their outside hopes of winning the competition.

The Titans had won the toss and batted first but found themselves in huge trouble as Nandre Burger (4/42) initially ran riot.

But the visitors rallied through Viljoen as he tore into the bowling during stands of 70 with Thomson for the seventh wicket and then 120 with Ryan Cartwright (22 not out) for the eighth wicket to give his side a respectable total.

Janneman Malan (30) and Matthew Kleinveldt (26 not out) then provided the Cobras with a strong start to the reply by adding 61 for the first wicket, before the former fell to Cartwright (1/12) with the home side trailing by 225.

Whilst there have been a number of excellent individual performances from his troops in this season’s 4 Day Series, World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince is looking for an overall team effort as they go in search of their first win of the campaign when they take on the Multiply Titans at Newlands on Monday.

“We’re six games into the competition and we haven’t won one yet. We’ve been close on a few occasions and we’ve obviously lost two games, but this is a great opportunity for the guys to pull together and get our first win for this competition,” said Prince.

“We’ve fallen short a couple of times, with running out of time and weather not being on our side but I think all in all it’s been pretty disappointing season so far in the 4 Day Series. We’ve got a great record in it over the last few years, we’ve been very close to winning it. We’ve now got four games left and we need to finish as strong as possible, starting with tomorrow’s game against the Titans,” he added.

Fast bowler Dane Paterson has remained with the Test squad for the Third Test against England in Port Elizabeth and will be hoping to make his Test debut and Prince is pleased to see his players being rewarded with higher honours and is calling on his other squad members to take their opportunities.

“We are really excited about Pato, Zuby and Pieter stepping up into the Test squad which gives the likes of Nandre Burger and Lizaad Williams, who often miss out on selection, an opportunity.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras all-rounder, George Linde, is the leading wicket-taker in the competition, with 26 wickets to his name, including two 10-wicket match hauls and Prince will be looking to the left arm spinner to add to that tally against the Titans.

“We’ve played on two pitches that offered the spinners some purchase and George has made the most of those opportunities which resulted in a Test call-up and he’s recorded another 10-wicket match haul since then in the previous match against the Dolphins. It’s another one of our guys who is pushing for higher honours, which is very pleasing. Our guys are doing well individually but we need to pull it together as a team effort now,” Prince concluded.

The match starts at 10h00 at Newlands and entrance is free.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Dane Piedt (C), Aviwe Mgijima, David Bedingham, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams, Matthew Kleinveldt, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Nandre Burger, Simon Khomari, Thando Ntini

A career-best seven for 36 by Senuran Muthusamy helped the Hollywoodbets Dolphins make the most of a stunning World Sports Betting Cape Cobras collapse to seal a famous 137-run win late on the final afternoon of their 4-Day Domestic Series clash in Oudtshoorn on Thursday.

The hosts lost eight wickets for a shocking 17 runs as they fell from 69 for two to 86 all out.

They were chasing 224 in a little over 35 overs after the visitors had earlier declared – more in hope rather than anything else of trying to make something happen at the Recreation Ground.

And their Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder delivered a magical return to hand them a first win of the season and one of their most memorable ones in recent history.

Heading into the clash they were bottom of the table and a dismal first-innings performance saw them dismissed for only 174.

But buoyed by Grant Roelofsen’s century second time around – the opener finished on 142 (204 balls, 17 fours, 3 sixes) – they were able to post 304 for eight declared.

The Dolphins were even forced to act quickly on the last day after the first half of play was lost due to a wet outfield.

But the game then turned on its head.

Janneman Malan (39) and Jason Smith (18) had taken their side comfortably forward as the round six match looked to be heading more for a draw.

But with around 15 overs to go, Muthusamy snapped their 43-run stand to spark the remarkable meltdown.

There was no resistance from anyone with captain Dane Piedt’s two off 17 balls the best of the last six batsmen.

Muthusamy completed his eighth career five-for in the process and bowled his side to an unforgettable win.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras batsman Pieter Malan chats to the media after his stunning Test debut for the Proteas. Malan scored 84 in the 2nd innings to thwart the England bowlers for over 6 hours.

Grant Roelofsen’s eighth career century engineered a fine Hollywoodbets Dolphins fightback as they closed the third day of their 4-Day Domestic Series clash against the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras with the upper hand in Oudtshoorn on Wednesday.

The right-hander was unbeaten on 139 (195 balls, 17 fours, 3 sixes) at the close, having brought his side back from nearly the dead to hold a 199-run lead heading into the final day at the Recreational Ground.

The visitors reached the close on 280 for six despite earlier conceding an 81-run first innings lead.

They looked out of the game at that stage, especially considering the poor 174 first innings showing but showed there is another side to them thanks to the fight of Roelofsen.

He was ably supported by captain Marques Ackerman (69 off 53 balls, 12 fours, 1 six), while Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder Senuran Muthusamy chipped in with 33.

The pick of the bowlers with four wickets still standing was George Linde with three for 84.

Earlier Kerwin Mungroo (3/17), Muthusamy (3/92) and Prenelan Subrayen (3/73) shared nine wickets as the Cobras lost their last four wickets for one run.

They were 254 for six overnight and ended with 255 as the late collapse injected a whole new energy into the Dolphins that Roelofsen fully capitalised on.

Rain in Oudtshoorn put a dampener on the second day of the 4-Day Domestic Series clash between the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and the Hollywoodbets Dolphins at the Recreational Ground on Tuesday.

Either side of that, however, Simon Khomari’s half-century drove the hosts into a strong position as they reached 254 for six in the 54 overs sent down – 80 runs ahead of the visitors’ opening day 174. The left-hander was their mainstay early on through his 68 from 186 balls (6 fours), leaving his side well placed despite the large amount of time already lost in the round six fixture.

Khomari was out in the middle at the start of play when his side resumed on 55 for two. First he extended his partnership for the third wicket to 54 with David Bedingham (37), who fell to spinner Senuran Muthusamy (2/50).

Kyle Verreynne (15) then fell not long after to the pace of Daryn Dupavillon (1/37), but Khomari kept going alongside Aviwe Mgjima (36) by adding 78 for the fifth wicket.

After both fell, George Linde (29) and Jason Smith (20) put together a 49-run unbroken stand that took their side to stumps in control of the game.

A 10th career five-for by George Linde gave the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras command after the opening day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Oudtshoorn on Monday.

The Standard Bank Proteas spinner claimed six for 51 as the visitors were rolled over for 174 at the Recreation Ground, with the home side then reaching the close two down for 55.

That left them 119 runs in arrears, but with eight wickets standing, they were easily the winners on day one.

Linde led the way with his wickets, especially considering the bottom-of-the-table Dolphins had won the toss and batted.

They were all at sea in the face of the Cobras’ bowling, with only South Africa duo Andile Phehlukwayo (61 off 83 balls, 11 fours) and Senuran Muthusamy (37) managing decent contributions.

They put on 97 together after their side had slumped to 61 for five to at least post a semi-respectable first-innings score.

After the Dolphins were dismissed in 70.3 overs, spinners Muthusamy (1/9) and Prenelan Subrayen (1/13) claimed the wickets of Janneman Malan (20) and Matthew Kleinveldt (12) to give their side something to cheer about by the close.